Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Reminder of this Xmas bling

Did not get a tree - with cut down or growing - this year for various reasons.
Instead put some branches in a pot filled with white pebbles and adorned them with little gold balls and silver ornament and tinsel all of which have been around for many years.
Not a great photo below - it actually looked pretty good especially at night with its white lights on.



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The holly in this wreath was really vicious - had to wear gloved to make the wreath.



A Little Snow

There was indeed a little snow this winter , early December 2017. Not for Christmas but it set the season none the less. It was short-lived but made some nice scenes while it lasted.




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Before 2017 ends - some recollections


2017 recall:


The Flowers, trees and shrubs stepped up this summer



















As did the fruit


Early baby courgettes - eventually grew huge - and to my surprise still tasted good

One of the four apple trees seems to have its fruit attacked buy a moth

...........................but it later cleared and we got a huge crop of apples, eaters and cookers.







turned into some nice apple juice too

And apple foam:
There were plenty of striking sunsets








Some of the canines I walked during the summer and autumn this year.













And one of many felines liberated form and lab-cat breeder.


Attended an agricultural show in Tullamore - so of course I had to notice the craft stand the most:






The Old Ticket Office by the canal is stil standing




A knitted blanket for a new baby who enjoys a snooze:




A visit to Donegal ...love the seaweed and the stones 
among other things.







and a good lobster dinner. 




WASPS!!!
They moved into our seldom-used doghouse early this summer.

They accessed it through the little vent at the back, which I had failed to block with chickwire which is what I usually do.


They came and went through the hole in their thousands - and I became somewhat fascinated with them. I assumed they would die out towards the end of autumn - but NO, they went on and on well into the second week of December. Only after a very cold spell did they seem to die away and I plucked up the courage to look inside (or rather poke my camera inside).

There at the back hung their amazing hive:



We removed it later this month to find such a delicate powdery (yet somehow sinister) structure

 





I've kept this in a box in the garage for the moment - not really sure why!!



A very prim Connie:



She's looking forward to WolfTide!!